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March Melee

Call for Entry: March Melee - An Art Bash at Del Ray Artisans Gallery (Tomorrow)

Digital entries due Saturday, February 20. Del Ray Artisans invites all artists to submit your best and brashest art—big or small. This over the top art show is all about excess, don't be shy. Strut your stuff exuberantly. "Melee" implies a brawl and malarkey means nonsense, so let those terms be your guide. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Need help entering your artwork? Confused by the digital entry form? Need help photographing your work? We can help! Contact Curating Director Kathy Turner at Curating@DelRayArtisans.org or 703-473-1065. Kathy will be at the gallery on Saturday, February 20 from 6-9pm to help you with your submissions.

Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Sunday, February 21 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, February 24 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, February 24 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, March 9 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, March 9 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)

These sessions operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to register in advance. Bring your supplies and join us at the gallery to draw or paint our live models. The fee for each 3-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. 2-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. If you have questions, contact Katherine Rand at LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org

All aBoard Art Exhibit

All aBoard Art Exhibit

Runs through February 28. All aBoard board showcase takes patrons on a journey around Del Ray Artisans gallery to view works of eight Board members: Ron Blank, Michele Reday Cook, Kim S. Joy, Stephen Lally, Marlin Lord, Elizabeth Guerry Mead, Kathy Turner, and Joan Woodill. Artists showcase work in unique mediums, with no two alike. Patrons take artwork home when purchased! Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

March Melee

March Melee - An Art Bash Opening Reception

Friday, March 4 from 7-9pm. The curators present creatively aggressive artwork in this no-holds-barred show. This open call exhibit is a bold show with art of great diversity competing for your attention. Melee implies a brawl and malarkey means nonsense, so let those terms guide your expectations. Consider Roald Dahl's words, "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest [wo]men." The exhibit runs March 4-27, 2016. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Partners in Art

Monday, March 7 from 2-4pm. Looking for a chance to get together with other creative people to discuss art and exchange ideas? Then come to a meeting of our cooperatively led Partners in Art group. This program is free of charge and open to all. Donations ($1–3) greatly appreciated. Contact Millie Mateu (milaenartes@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) with questions.

Build a Beast Workshop

Build a Beast Workshop

Monday, March 7 from 6-9pm. Do you doodle? Have you ever wanted to see your doodles become 3D? Draw some quick wacky fantasy beasts and then make them 3D in stuffed fabric. Sewing machine, fabric, trims, stuffing and other sewing notions provided, but more welcome. Instructor: Kathy Turner. Workshop Fee: $10 members / $15 non-members; Plus $10 for materials. Details and registration: squareup.com/market/del-ray-artisans

Generative Digital Art

Generative Digital Art Program

Monday, March 14 from 7-8pm. Curious about cutting edge digital art? Come, listen, and watch as presenter Cameron Turner explains and shows how he generates imagery from computer programs and mathematical formulae resulting is fantastic 2D and 3D art forms. Instructor: Cameron Turner. Program Fee: $5 members / $10 non-members. Details and registration: squareup.com/market/del-ray-artisans


2016 Wall Calendar - 50% off!

The price is now just $9/calendar for the last few remaining 2016 Wall Calendars featuring artwork by 45 talented Del Ray Artisans artists. Del Ray Artisans events, community events, national holidays, and major religious holidays are noted. Just a few copies left! Purchase the calendar at the gallery soon.

Call for Entry: Surrealism: A Photography Exhibition at Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Digital entries due Saturday, March 19. Push beyond accepted conventions of reality by representing in photography the irrational imagery of dreams and the unconscious mind... disorienting realist imagery often based on fantasy, nightmares, hallucination, and figments of the imagination. Artists are invited to submit original, two-dimensional photographic images. The final and accepted artwork may not be larger than 20" x 30" including framing and matting. Show runs May 6-29, 2016. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Silly Hat Workshop

Monday, March 21 from 6-9pm. Get creative and be prepared for all fanciful hat wearing opportunities, Easter bonnets, Kentucky Derby day, etc. Bring a hat base if possible, though some will be available. Supply of trims and decorative notions supplied, but more welcome. Instructor: Kathy Turner. Workshop Fee: $10 members / $15 non-members; Plus $10 for materials. Details and registration: squareup.com/market/del-ray-artisans

Call for Entry: Creatures from the Sea at Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Digital entries due Monday, March 21. Bring to life the aquatic world's frolicking, fanciful, sensual, beautiful, or beastly creatures—from magical human/aquatic hybrids, tales from old sailors, childhood images, the range of sea life, classic stories or your own. Open to all area artists. Artwork receiving for accepted exhibit artwork and Art-To-Go bin entries is on Sunday, March 27 and Monday, March 28 from 6-8pm. Show runs April 1 - May 1, 2016. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Call for Instructors: Grown-Ups Art Camp 2016

Proposals due Friday, April 1. Seeking instructors for a diverse array of programs to be offered June 27-July 15, 2016. We will serve up visual art workshops (painting, photography, pen & ink, mixed media, digital, etc), crafts (knitting, crocheting, sewing and more), performing arts (music, dance techniques, improv, spoken word, etc), as well as artist development (journaling, writing an artist statement, how-to-frame, 'where to find inspiration', etc). We are offering creative play, education and growth to experienced artists, as well as beginners and those non-artist types who just want to engage and explore in the arts. Call for Instructors at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Call for Curators: 2017 Show Proposals

Proposals due Wednesday, June 1. Interested in curating a show at Del Ray Artisans gallery next year? Contact Kathy Turner, Director of Curating, with questions: Curating@DelRayArtisans.org. Proposal form at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE


Del Ray Artisans members are required to volunteer for at least 12 hours per year to support the organization and its mission. Below are some volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Update: The New Year means a New Volunteer Binder! Please feel free to enter into the binder any volunteer activities you have accomplished during 2016. However, we prefer that you email your hours directly to the Volunteers Director. As a reminder, participation in exhibits requires member artists to assist with various duties such as gallery hosting, hanging, helping during the reception, etc. These hours do not count as volunteer hours. Be on the lookout for many upcoming changes and announcements. If you have questions, please email Josh, your Volunteers Director, at Volunteers@DelRayArtisans.org.


  • Layout The Well-Crafted Word newsletter
    Interested in laying out Del Ray Artisans monthly newsletter? To volunteer or request more details, contact Betsy at Communications@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Post our Events on assigned Online Calendars
    Post approved DRA publicity materials on a specific online calendar. Each volunteer will have one or two calendars to update; instructions will be given. Must have internet access. Contact Dawn at Technology@DelRayArtisans.org

Curating & Curator Support

  • Join the Curating Team!
    Volunteer to curate or assist a curator (hanging artwork, data entry / spreadsheets, distributing postcards, people skills). Experienced past curators especially needed, but all volunteers are welcome. Contact Kathy at Curating@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Help Curators design their Postcard
    Postcards contain the vital show information: show title, dates, reception information, any special events and other information the curators wish to highlight. Help curators put together this file for the printer. Must have access to software capable of creating printer-ready files (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and be able to email documents. Helpful skills: creative design and content proofing. Contact Kathy at Curating@DelRayArtisans.org

Photography & Video

  • Event Photography
    Seeking volunteers to take photos of Del Ray Artisans events for our archives and Flickr Photostream. Volunteer to photograph opening receptions, workshops, regular programs, or markets. We are hoping for around 10-20 photos from each event. Contact Sean at Archives@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Photographers Needed to Document Shows
    Seeking volunteers to take photos of each piece of artwork in a show (as well as some overall gallery shots) for our archives and Flickr Photostream. Contact Sean at Archives@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Photograph Processing
    Seeking volunteers to process photos for our Flickr Photostream. Task involves cropping, downsizing, color correcting (if needed), and adding meta data (e.g. artist name, title, media, price, show). Must have Photoshop or comparable application. Contact Sean at Archives@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Seeking Videographer / Film Maker
    Seeking a volunteer to record a Del Ray Artisans workshop and edit for online viewing. Alternative option is to create an online course explaining an art or art-related activity. Contact John at VP@DelRayArtisans.org


  • Help plan workshops and events for Del Ray Artisans
    We are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting and/or helping design and schedule workshops and events at the gallery. If interested, please contact Theresa at Programs@DelRayArtisans.org


Call for Artist Vendors: 2016 Annual Herb and Craft Sale

Deadline: Friday, March 11. Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N Fairfax Street, Alexandria, is looking for vendors to participate in the 2016 Annual Herb and Craft Sale. The event will take place, rain or shine, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8-4pm. Vendors who sell handcrafted products/artwork, preferably with garden landscape or local themes are welcome to apply. Space, tables, and chairs may be rented: 8'x8' space, $100; 8' table, $10; and chairs $5 each. Deadline to reserve space and tables is Friday, March 11, 2016. Free parking and other benefits included. For more information, contact Rosalind Bovey, boveyoffice@verizon.net, 703-549-0641 or Lindsay Borst, lindsay.borst@gmail.com

Call for Artists: Art on the Avenue on October 1

Submit application by April 1 for the reduced booth fee. Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival organized by the Del Ray Community Partnership. The show welcomes applications from all craft artists and is known for high quality artwork. All work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Standard booth rate is $175 if postmarked by April 1. The first round of judging is the first week in June. For questions, email artontheavenue@gmail.com. Application at: artontheavenue.org/?page_id=20

Call for Entry: Artful Whimsy Art Exhibit

Digital Entries Due April 25 at 11pm. An all-media, juried show open to all artists. Engaging, fun, fanciful, playful, amusing, an odd or fanciful or capricious piece or, as is often said, "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it." Show runs May 11-June 6, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Meet the Artists Reception: May 11, 7:30-10pm. Submit photos of your artwork, artist bio, and artist statement to info@fallschurcharts.org. Enter at: fallschurcharts.org/art-show-entry-form

Call for Artists: Del Ray Street Painting Event

Seeking artists to participate in La Bella Strada, an Italian Street Painting Festival in Del Ray, Alexandria on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to benefit the Del Ray Montessori School. Please email bellastrada@thedelraymontessorischool.com for more information. We have opportunities for professional and semi-professional artists. Experience with chalk art a plus! Visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/labellastrada

Call for Entry: Line Upon Line Art Exhibit

Digital Entries Due May 16 at 11pm. An all-media, juried show open to all artists. This show celebrates one of the most basic elements of art, the line—curved, bent, thick, thin, wide, broken, vertical, horizontal—in whatever form it may take. Line upon line, idea upon idea, medium upon medium, the works selected for this show will be judged on composition, overall design, artistic skill, and creativity. Show runs June 9-July 11, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Meet the Artists Reception: June 9, 7:30-10pm. Submit photos of your artwork, artist bio, and artist statement to info@fallschurcharts.org. Enter at: fallschurcharts.org/art-show-entry-form

Submit art or craft-related opportunities for the DRA eBlast [minimum of 14 days prior to the event or the call for entries] to eNews@TheDelRayArtisans.org or complete the online submission form by Monday at 6pm.
Archived copies of the weekly DRA eBlasts can be found at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/eblast.
Non-DRA announcements will be run only for two consecutive weeks.

All DRA events, unless otherwise noted, are held at the DRA gallery:

Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301-1124 | Directions
Phone: 703-838-4827 | www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

©2016 Arts Resource Foundation. Special thanks to the City of Alexandria, Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support of Del Ray Artisans, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Visit ArtsEventsAlexandria.com to discover the music, dance, theater, festivals and visual arts happenings in Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans is a proud member of Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and Alexandria Arts Forum. Collaboration between these two organizations makes ArtsEventsAlexandria.com possible.

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